Approximate Location

Details about the 'Approximate Location' message in the 'Unresolved Issues' section of the app


What does it mean?

This message lets drivers know that the app can not read their device's precise location (GPS position).

Why is it bad?

Precise location needs to be enabled if you are using the app for ELD logs or to collect IFTA data.

When precise location is disabled the location given to the app is usually within 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) of the driver's actual location [1].  Section of the ELD mandate requires location accuracy of ±1 mile, so when precise location is disabled the app can not satisfy the requirements of the ELD mandate. 

When the driver selects Personal Use of CMV, section of the ELD mandate requires location precision of a tenth of a degree.  As an example, the distance between the GPS points (38.4N, 82.4W) and (38.4N, 82.3W) is about 5 miles, so depending on FMCSA interpretation the app might not be able to satisfy the reporting requirements for Personal Use when precise location is disabled.

How do you fix it?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to or search for the Blue Ink Tech app and click on it.
  3. Click on Location.
  4. Set Precise Location at the bottom of the page to on.