Gitlab--runner with docker+machine in aws. instances are immediately terminated upon spawn

I am attempting to set up a host ec2 (t2.micro) that will serve as my gitlab runner. It has an executor of ‘docker+machine’. I want this instance to spin up x larger ec2 docker instances to run the ci/cd jobs.

Whenever I start the runner, ec2 instances get created and then they immediately are taken down. Over and over again. It usually will not pick up a job. I did get this configuration to pick up a job and to successfully process it…but then that instance was terminated. I’ve removed the autoscale options because I thought that might be causing the early termination. At the very least, I expect the instance to be created and exist for 30 minutes.
When I view my instances in AWS, I see instances that are constantly spinning up and being terminated.

Do I have the machine settings incorrect???

I’ve attempted spot instances and on-demand instances. Below is the on-demand configuration.
I’m running docker-machine version 0.12.2, build 9371605
gitlab-runner version: Version: 14.6.0

my config.toml file is:
concurrent = 1
check_interval = 0

  session_timeout = 1800

  name = "mgt-auto-scaler-runner"
  url = ""
limit = 4
  token = "xxxx"
  executor = "docker+machine"
    Type = "s3"
    Shared = true   
      ServerAddress = ""
      AccessKey = "xxxx"
      SecretKey = "xxxx"
      BucketName = "xxxx
      BucketLocation = "us-east-2"
    tls_verify = false
    image = "maven:3.8.4-openjdk-17"
    privileged = true
    disable_entrypoint_overwrite = false
    oom_kill_disable = false
    disable_cache = true
shm_size = 0
    IdleCount = 1
MaxBuilds = 2
    IdleScaleFactor = 0.0
    IdleCountMin = 0
    MachineDriver = "amazonec2"
    MachineName = "mgt-m4xl-%s"
MachineOptions = ["amazonec2-access-key=xxxx", 

My vpc/subnet are the same as the host micro ec2.

I’m following the instructions detailed here: Install and register GitLab Runner for autoscaling with Docker Machine | GitLab.
Docker Machine Executor autoscale configuration | GitLab
Autoscale GitLab CI/CD runners and save 90% on EC2 costs | GitLab

I made sure to spin up an initial docker machine.
And I make sure that the config.toml is the same in both /etc/gitlab-runner and ~/.gitlab-runner/ directories.