 # How idling is calculated in the Trip History Page

When calculating idle time, the most important point to understand is how a trip is defined. A trip begins when the vehicle starts moving and ends when the vehicle starts moving again after a stop. A stop is recorded when the vehicle ignition is turned off, or when the vehicle has a speed of less than 1 km/h for more than 200 seconds. Any idling, defined as speed less than 1 km/h with ignition on, is associated to a trip after a stop has occurred. Let’s look at some examples.

Example 1: In this example, let’s assume time A and D are times spent idling. Therefore,

Previous trip idle time = A

Current trip = B + C + D

Current trip idle time = D

Example 2: In this example, let’s assume time B and D are times spent idling. Therefore,

Current trip = A + B + C + D

Current trip idle time = B + D

Example 3: In this example, A+B is the first trip, and C+D is the second trip. The idle times are B and D where B is attributed to the first trip, and D is attributed to the second trip. Please note that the 200 second idle time that trigger the stops will be included in the total idling time. More specifically, if a vehicle creates a stop idling by 201 seconds, then MyGeotab will attribute 201 seconds to the idling time of the trip.

Example 4:

If there is a gap in GPS data for more than 200 seconds (usually caused by the device being unplugged while idling), the software does not record idle time during this period, as there is no way to confirm the vehicle was idling during that time. In this example, let’s assume time B, C and D are times spent idling. Therefore,

Current trip = A + B + C + D

Current trip idle time = B + D (C does not count towards idling, because the device was unplugged)

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